There is no denying that this Avocado and Spinach Smoothie recipe is packed to the rafters with incredible health benefits. The main ingredients of avocado, spinach, apple and ginger contain nutrients and compounds that help our bodies repair and regenerate, boost energy and fight against disease. This smoothie is positively zinging with goodness! What’s more, the high fiber content of both the avocado, spinach and apples will keep you fuller for longer.
So whether you’re making this as a quick on-the-go breakfast, a handy post-workout snack or to boost your depleted energy reserves, this avocado and spinach smoothie recipe is certain to pack a punch.
Avocado Spinach Smoothie Ingredients
The popularity of avocados has sky-rocketed in recent years. And for good reason too! Each avocado fruit contains no less than 20 different vitamins and minerals. This makes avocados one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet. Avocados are loaded with potassium and healthy fats (oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fat) both of which are known for promoting heart health by lowering the risk of stroke and reducing blood pressure. They are also rich in fibre and low in carbs which may help with weight loss as they make you feel fuller for longer. Is it any wonder they are hailed as a superfood?
What I love about this Avocado and Spinach Smoothie recipe is the wonderful creamy texture you get from the blended avocado that almost seems too good to be true – like it should be loaded with cream or artificial thickening agents.
My advice here is don’t be shy about adding avocado to smoothies. Avocados add a wonderfully creamy texture and don’t really have much of a taste. Adding a small amount of avocado as I have done in this smoothie recipe means it’s a brilliant way of adding extra nutrients to your diet without an unpleasant aftertaste. Two of your 5-a-day on one whole avocado to be precise!
See my tip below on how to save your half-eaten avocado from going brown.
Spinach needs very little introduction other than to say it’s a leafy green vegetable that is packed with nutrients. It can be eaten raw in salads or smoothies. Alternatively, it can be wilted, steamed and sautéed to eat as a delicious vegetable in it’s own right or added to main dishes to add color and flavor.
Eye health, heart health, skin and hair growth and bone strength are just some of the great reasons to cram as much spinach into your diet as possible. Spinach is known to contain carotene and chlorophyll. These are antioxidants and are known not only to slow the ageing process but also help maintain a healthy immune system making our bodies better equipped to repel viruses and bacteria. Spinach also contains magnesium and folate, both of which are nutrients that help your body create energy to keep you going throughout the day.
Apples bring sweetness to this avocado and spinach smoothie recipe. As most of the nutrients in apples are concentrated in their peel, it’s best to leave the peel on. Just give the apples a quick rinse under cold running water before you grate it up. I personally don’t mind a few apple or spinach bits in my smoothie. However, you could always strain your smoothie before serving if you prefer a smoother texture.
Apples are high in soluble fibre, which can help to lower cholesterol. The fiber will also help you feel fuller for longer. Apples contain an abundance of polyphenols. Polyphenols have antioxidant effects and whilst scientists are yet to understand the full benefits of polyphenols in apples, they are known to be linked to improved eye health, improved heart health, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of stroke, reduced risk of type-2 diabetes, reduction in infection and inflammation and decreased risk of cancer.
This ancient spice has been used as a form of medicine for thousands of years in some parts of the Eastern World. In particular, ginger is still used to treat nausea in pregnancy, motion sickness, inflammation, constipation as well as, improving immune system function such as easing bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
Scientists are now clear that gingerol – a bioactive substance found in fresh root ginger – is known to help to lower the risk of infections. Ginger adds a wonderful spiciness to many sweet and savoury dishes and can be added to drinks, smoothies, soups, curry and stir-fry as well as the classic dessert of rhubarb and ginger. With so many health benefits, it’s no wonder ginger is the ‘go to’ ingredient in many detox programmes.
Avocado Spinach Smoothie Recipe Variations
Avocado Banana Spinach Smoothie
Adding bananas to this Avocado and Spinach Smoothie will add fibre, potassium and magnesium. Bananas are great for your digestive health and can boost heart health too by helping to reduce blood pressure. Bananas are good for weight loss too. They have a relatively low GI index meaning they will help you to feel fuller for longer. I find that their sweet taste and dense texture definitely help keep my hunger pangs and sugar cravings at bay.
Blueberry Spinach Avocado Smoothie
If you’re not keen on apple or just simply want something to enhance the ginger flavour to the next level then you could add a handful of blueberries to vary the flavour and colour of this smoothie.
The blueberries seem to add a familiar sweet and sharpness when combined with the avocado, spinach, and ginger. They are also loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, that will not only boost your immune system but are great for the health of your skin too.
More Delicious Avocado Spinach Smoothie Recipes
For more delicious smoothies containing either spinach and avocado, why not try my tasty Avocado and Banana Smoothie, my Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie, or my Healthy Blueberry Spinach Smoothie. Or for even more delicious tasting smoothie and smoothie bowl recipes and ideas, head on over to my blog.
Avocado Spinach Smoothie Recipe
Avocado Spinach Smoothie
- Blender or Food Processor
- 200 ml unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 handful of spinach washed
- 1/2 avocado destoned and flesh scooped out
- 1 apple cored and grated
- 1 inch piece Thumb sized piece of ginger peeled and grated
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Sweetener to taste if desired
- Pour the coconut milk into your blender
- Add the washed spinach
- Add the grated apple and ginger
- Add the protein powder
- Add the milk
- Add the additional sweetener if desired
- Blend all ingredients until smooth
- Pop in a couple of ice cubes to serve
Avocado Spinach Smoothie Ingredient Substitutes
Avocado Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
How about adding pineapple to compliment the flavour of the coconut milk for a truly tropical taste? Simply follow my instructions for making my Avocado Spinach Smoothie, replacing the apple and ginger with a quarter of a pre-prepared pineapple.
Pineapple is a great way of boosting your vitamin C to support immune system health and protect against germs.
The use of coconut milk means this Avocado and Spinach Smoothie is dairy-free and vegan. If your diet is unrestricted, then you could substitute some of the milk for Greek yogurt to add extra creaminess or use whatever you have to hand. Dairy, oat, almond or soy would all work equally well.
To prevent your half-eaten avocado from browning rub lemon juice on the cut side of the avocado, pop it in the fridge and save for later. Alternatively, double up on the recipe ingredients and save the leftover smoothie for the following day. It will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 24 hours.